Do you give to charity? Do you wish you knew more about local non-profits so you can donate your time and/or money? Well, this Thursday, May 20, you will have the opportunity to get to know 16 local organizations at the first 4 A Star Causes and Awareness Day event at the Ram’s Head Inn from 5-8pm.
Ava Holly Lewis, the founder of 4 A Star has a great mantra: “Let’s look out for each other.” It’s such a simple concept, but in this dog-eat-dog world it’s refreshing to meet someone with such passion for life and willingness to do what it takes to make people aware of causes that are dear to her heart. One in particular is brain cancer research because Lewis’ mother passed away from it last year. That was the driving force for her determination in forming her own non-profit eeFuerst Foundation to support this important cause. More information can be found at 4astar.com. And FYI, this event falls on Lewis’ mother’s birthday, so this not only means a lot to everyone participating and attending, but this date is very meaningful for Ava. Come out and support her as well as her cause and the community.
The 15 other participants in this event are the Make a Splash Foundation, The Jan-ai Scholarship Fund, Community Quest, The Alzheimer’s Association, Pink Ribbon Associates, St. Baldricks, S.O.S., Sammie’s Mission, The Alcove, The Noyes Museum, Absecon Lighthouse, The Shirley Mae Breast Cancer Foundation, The Community Food Bank, Hireability and The Donald L. Perry Foundation.
Ava plans to have this event annually so if you have a non-profit that isn’t represented, make sure to show up and see how it can be involved next year.
On top of showcasing all of these local groups there will also be fun, low-cost activities, such as a pinning event, a dollar dance and a shoe exhibit. Plus there will be several celebrity tribute performers such as Ted Prior as Elvis and Linda Axelrod as Charro. The event itself is free and includes light appetizers and a cash bar. So come out and support Ava and learn about how you can help out with our local organizations.
Did you know that according to the National Philanthropic Trust, 89 percent of households give to charity and that historically charitable giving rises about one-third as fast as the stock market? Amazing statistics, right? That goes to show you that most households are giving in one way or another. I am proud of that and proud of you.
We are all blessed with the ability to give and I truly believe that the more you give the more you get back. Giving doesn’t always mean monetarily; you can volunteer your time (such as during this weekend’s volunteer clean-up of Atlantic County; see acua.com or call 272-6950 for details). So find a cause that is meaningful to you, look up their Web site, call the local branch and see how you can help. It may be as easy as manning a table at an event, or stuffing envelopes, or brainstorming new ideas. I personally love The Alcove Center for Grieving Children and Their Families. I serve on their board and fundraising committee and they would love to have some more volunteers. Check out thealcove.org for more information.
Speaking of giving back and helping out a cause that you are passionate about, I have to give a shout out to Mike Hauke and Nick Bonsignore, owners of Tony Boloney’s in Atlantic City, for raising awareness and funds for Alex’s Lemonade Stand through the First Pizza Slaughter Fest in Atlantic City this past weekend (see pics online at acweekly.com and on p. 48). What a great event that brought the city together in a fun way. Congratulations on the success!
Whitney is an on-air multimedia personality, and works behind the scenes helping businesses gain extra exposure, through her WIN Promotions video production services.